Star Trek 2 cast expands

Posted by CB Droege

We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the villain of Star Trek 2, for which J.J. Abrams was (supposedly) originally planning to cast Benicio Del Toro.

Star Trek 2 cast expandsNow it looks like the role has been cast for Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the hit crime drama, Sherlock, a modern BBC interpretation of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, for which Cumberbatch has received much praise.

The on and off rumor that the villain for Star Trek 2 would be Khan has finally been flatly denied by J.J. Abrams.

We’re also seeing the addition of Noel Clark to the cast, in a role described in the audition notes as "a family man with a wife and young daughter." Clark is also well known to those who watch BBC’s genre programs, as he played Mickey Smith, the boyfriend of companion Rose Tyler, on Doctor Who.

The two join already announced newcomers Alice Eve and original RoboCop-genre television veteran, Peter Weller, both in similarly mysterious roles, thanks to Abrams’ notorious tight-lipped development and production process.

Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof, and staring the cast of the 2009 film - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Simon Pegg -  the as yet untitled Star Trek sequel hits theaters May 13, 2013.